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John W. Vance

John W. Vance, 71, returned home to the Lord on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. He was a resident of Greenwood.

He was a beloved husband of 27 years to Joan E. Vance. He was a devoted father to Chris and Tracy Vance, and a loving grandfather to Jacob, Gabrielle, Gracie and Jonah Vance.

John was a man of faith and a true example of living a life serving God.

He was a wonderful man who was committed to his family and enjoyed boating, golfing and spending time with his grandchildren.

John will be dearly missed by his sister, Gale Barr; brothers, Steven and Rohnn Vance; and niece, Shonsie Santellana.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Ed Vance; and his niece, Shandra Skipper.

John was born Sept. 28, 1941, in Indianapolis to the late John and Cecelia Vance. He graduated from Southport High School in 1959 and then earned his Bachelor of Science in business education in 1964 from Ball State University, where he was a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity.

He then taught in the business department at Arlington High School and was the assistant dean of boys.

When John left teaching, he started on the path of real estate with Century 21, where he was a part-owner in 1970. He later worked for F.C. Tucker, RE/MAX Preferred Realtors and, most recently, Keller Williams. He had attained the title of CRS and GRI throughout his real estate career.

He was active in the Indiana Association of Realtors as a director of professional standards and was a MIBOR mediator of professional standards.

John was a member of College Park Church, where he oversaw the usher team, served on the hospitality team and taught adult education. John spent countless hours volunteering at the Midwest Food Bank, a ministry he served faithfully and wholeheartedly.

John maintained special relationships throughout his life with high school friends and college fraternity brothers. He touched many lives and never met a stranger. He will be deeply missed by many.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the College Park Church family, numerous friends and many neighbors for their outpouring of love and prayers.

A graveside service for family and close friends will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Gardens at Olive Branch Cemetery at G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home, 1605 S. State Road 135. A celebration of life will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Stones Crossing Church, 7000 W. Stones Crossing Road, Greenwood, with calling there from 11 a.m. until service time Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Midwest Food Bank, 6450 S. Belmont Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46217.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.ghherrmann.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home at the Gardens at Olive Branch.

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